Sula Vineyards, Maharashtra, Zinfandel 2019

£10.50

Since its inception Sula has been working to integrate a wide array of measures at its 97-hectare estate vineyard and within its winery to minimise the environmental impact of not only its farming, but also its processing and distribution practices. In the vineyard the vines are trained on a high trellising system, which maximises airflow. The red soil is composed of clay and gravel, which has a high iron content and offers the vine good drainage. The grapes were fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks in order to preserve the varietal characteristics of Zinfandel.

Situated in Nashik, India’s largest grape-growing region, Sula Vineyards was set up in 1997 by Rajeev Samant & Kerry Damsky. They pioneered the growing of the French grape varieties Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc, which were first released in 2000 to wide acclaim as India’s best white wines. Sula now cultivates Shiraz and Zinfandel amongst other international varieties and is broadly recognised as India’s premium wine producer. The vineyard is located in Nashik, to the north of Mumbai in the Western Ghats Mountains. The vines are grown at approximately 600 metres above sea level. The climate here is mild in the winter with temperatures of approximately 10°C, rising to 35°C in the summer. Rainfall can be high. The vines are grown in red soils with gravel and clay, which has a high iron content and good drainage.

Nose

Fruit driven, seductive and youthful, this Zinfandel shows aromas of red berries, blackberry and plum with a hint of cinnamon.

Palate

Appealing notes of sweet and sour cherry with spice and pepper. Berry fruits. A beautifully balanced medium bodied wine with supple tannins and a lingering finish.